Here you can find information about the people who make up the Adam Opel AG Management Board.
Chairman of the Management Board of Adam Opel AG and President, Europe
GM Executive Vice President and member of the GM Executive Committee
Dr. Neumann was previously with Volkswagen AG, where he was CEO and Vice President of the Volkswagen Group China in Beijing from September 2010 to August 2012. Prior to that he held a number of management positions at Volkswagen, beginning in 1999 as Head of Research and Director of Electronics Strategy. From 2004 to 2009, Dr. Neumann was a member of the Executive Board, Automotive Systems Division, at German supplier Continental AG. In addition, Dr. Neumann was chairman of the Executive Board of Continental AG from August 2008 to September 2009. In December 2009 he returned to Volkswagen AG and took over company-wide responsibility for electric propulsion.
Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann was born on April 1, 1961 in Twistringen in Lower Saxony. He studied electrical engineering at the Universities of Dortmund and Duisburg, where he was also awarded his doctorate. He began his professional career at the Fraunhofer Institute as a research engineer before moving to Motorola Semiconductor, where he worked as an engineer and strategy director responsible for the automobile industry. The father of three sons is a passionate marathon runner.
Vice President Vehicle Engineering, Europe and member of the Management Board of Adam Opel AG
Charlie Klein is Vice President Vehicle Engineering, Europe and a member of the Management Board of Adam Opel AG since January 1, 2015. He is leading the team of more than 6,000 engineers at the International Technical Development Center (ITDC) in Ruesselsheim.
Klein reports to Ken Kelzer, Vice President, Global Vehicle Components and Subsystems and to Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann, GM Executive Vice President and Head of the Opel Group. Her has replaced Mike Ableson who moved back to the US to become GM Vice President of Global Product Planning and Program Management.
Charlie Klein has a wealth of experience within the GM engineering organization. In his previous role he was in charge of successful alliance projects with Renault and PSA.
Charlie Klein has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from General Motors Institute, a Master of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Masters in Business Administration from Michigan State University.
Management Board Member for Sales and GME Vice President Sales and Aftersales
Peter C. Küspert has gathered extensive experience in the automotive industry over the last two decades. He worked at Daimler AG from 1990 to 2009 – including as Head of Business Strategy for the Mercedes-Benz, Maybach and Smart brands from 1999 to 2001. Subsequently, he took on responsibility for the Daimler-car-brands as Head of Sales and Marketing Germany. Most recently the MBA graduate was Managing Director of Johann Hay Automobiltechnik, an automotive industry supplier.
Peter Christian Küspert was born 1961 in Selb in the German Fichtel Mountain region. He studied business economics in Bayreuth and Mannheim. The passionate sportsman spends his free time skiing, playing golf and diving.
Member of the Management Board and Chief Financial Officer
Michael Lohscheller has been appointed member of the Management Board as well as Opel/Vauxhall Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective September 1, 2012. Lohscheller was Executive Vice President and CFO at Volkswagen Group of America where he led a successful turnaround driving significant growth and profit increase.
Lohscheller is a German native with more than 20 years experience in senior Finance positions at companies such as Daimler, Mitsubishi Motors Europe and Volkswagen. He had broad business responsibilities for Finance, IT, Purchasing and Logistics.
Lohscheller, born on November 12, 1968, received a degree in European business studies from the University of Applied Sciences Osnabrueck, Germany, and at the University of Barcelona, Spain, in 1992. From 1993 to 1996 he studied European Marketing Management while working and completed a Master of Arts (MA). He is married with two children.
Chief Marketing Officer and Member of the Board, Adam Opel AG
Tina Müller was named Chief Marketing Officer and Member of the Board at Adam Opel AG effective August 1, 2013. In this Marketing Board position she is responsible for Opel brand management throughout Europe.
Tina Müller began her career at L'Oréal Germany before moving to Wella AG and then Henkel KGaA, where she worked for 17 years. As Corporate Senior Vice President, she was most recently responsible for the Beauty Care division in Western Europe. During her tenure as Chief Marketing Officer, Müller also made a significant contribution to the strong growth of the brand portfolio, particularly the tradition-rich brand Schwarzkopf.
In 2010 Müller was named "European Chief Marketing Officer of the Year" (Booz & Company). She has also been named "Marketing Manager of the Year" three times by the magazine "W & V”.
Tina Müller studied Business Administration and Economics in Germany as well as in France. Together with Prof. Dr. Hans-Willi Schroiff, she wrote a book about marketing strategies (“Warum Produkte floppen – Die 10 Todsünden des Marketings") which will be published in October 2013.
Member of the Management Board, responsible for Human Resources,
Director Labor Relations at Adam Opel AG,
GM Europe Vice President Human Resources
Before joining Opel, Ulrich Schumacher was Vice President Human Resources Europe at Toyota Boshoku. He also held an executive position in Human Resources at the automotive supplier Magna International Europe AG as well as a Board function at the insurance group Allianz and the vehicle manufacturer Ford. Ulrich Schumacher began his professional career in the European Ford Organization in Germany and England, followed by HR and Labor Relations management responsibilities at AutoEuropa (Ford/Volkswagen Joint Venture) in Portugal as well as Ford Motor Company in the USA.
Ulrich Schumacher was born on November, 27, 1957 in Düsseldorf. He studied law at the University of Cologne. Ulrich Schumacher is married and the father of two adult children.
Member of the Management Board Adam Opel AG, Vice President Manufacturing Europe
Peter Thom has been appointed to the Opel management board effective January 2012. In the Opel/Vauxhall organization he is responsible for manufacturing across all European plants.
Peter Thom was born on November 25, 1962 in Great Britain. He has a Bachelor Degree in Engineering from the Newcastle Upon Tyne University as well as a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Thom began his professional career in 1985 at Ford Motor Company, UK. In 1990 he moved to Toyota, UK, where he became Assistant Plant Manager Powertrain. In 1994, Thom joined General Motors and started his career at Vauxhall Motors in Ellesmere Port. He was Assistant Plant Manager at Opel Eisenach GmbH, Germany, from 1997 to 1999 and moved back to the UK, where he was Plant Manager of IBC Luton. In 2004 Peter Thom returned to Germany and took over the position of President of Opel Eisenach GmbH. In 2005 he was appointed Director Manufacturing Operations, GM do Brasil. Since 2009 he was Manufacturing Manager, GM Shanghai, China.
Peter Thom is married and has a daughter.
Management Board Member, Communications, Adam Opel AG
Johan Willems has been appointed to the post of Management Board Member responsible for communications with effect from February 1. He will be in charge of the entire Product, Brand, Corporate and Internal Communications of the Opel and Vauxhall brands.
Johan Willems has a long track record at Opel and GM. In 1992, he commenced his career at Opel Belgium in Antwerp. From February 2005 to November 2007 he was in charge of product and brand communications of Opel/Vauxhall and GM Europe. Willems was then called to GM’s headquarters in Detroit where he assumed the role of Director, Global Environmental and Advanced Propulsion Communications. He then moved to GM’s International Operations offices in Shanghai, China, where he last held the position of Vice President of Communications.
Born on April 9, 1960, Willems is a Belgian national who apart from his Flemish mother tongue also speaks French, German and English fluently. He began his career as an automotive journalist.
Vice President, Purchasing and Supply Chain, Opel Group GmbH
Kathy Worthen is Vice President, Purchasing and Supply Chain, Europe and Member of the Board of Opel Group since September 2014. She previously held the position of GM Executive Director of Chassis Systems for Global Purchasing and Supply Chain.
Kathy has been part of Global Purchasing and Supply Chain at General Motors since 2000. She has held various buying positions within the company, along with various Global Commodity Manager positions.
Prior to joining GM in 2000, Kathy was with EDS in Troy, MI as a Case Analyst for Chevrolet Motor Division. She held various leadership positions with EDS.
Kathy received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Oakland University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Walsh.